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How Does Troy Daniels Fit with the Memphis Grizzlies?

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After the Grizzlies completed a sign and trade with the Hornets to acquire Troy Daniels, exciting questions abound.

Troy Daniels showing off his impeccable form
Troy Daniels showing off his impeccable form
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The addition of Troy Daniels to the Memphis Grizzlies is the kind of move that is simultaneously important and also doesn't matter at all.

What the Grizzlies did with what little room they had left after the signings of Chandler Parsons and James Ennis (and the re-signing of Mike Conley) shows the kind of shrewd management that a winning team should employ. They went out and found a fringe player with a defined skill that the team lacks (shooting - I'm talking about shooting) on an excellent deal (three years, $10 million). The move has a Spurs-ian type of flavor to it in that it doesn't make a splash, is low-risk, but could be an effective, useful move.

On the flip side, Troy Daniels isn't the player who's going to put the Grizzlies over the top. He's a guy who'll be at the end of the rotation at best. He's for sure behind Tony Allen and Chandler Parsons, probably behind James Ennis, and possibly behind Vince Carter as well. Compared to those guys, his total skill set is meager. He's not on a level defensively with any of those four, nor is he a lively or proficient passer. In fact, compared to other wing players his age and younger (he turns 25 today!), he's not even a top-30 player by advanced metrics.

So there's this strange paradox where the Grizzlies made a good move by getting a limited player.

What makes the move work for both sides is that the one thing Daniels excels at is the one thing the Grizzlies need most, and the one thing they'll attempt to bring out the most in Daniels. He'll likely immediately become the team's best and most frequent three-point shooter per-36 minutes. Last season with the Charlotte Hornets, he shot 48.4 percent from deep with a three-point attempt rate of .652. That is to say, Daniels shoots VERY well on MANY attempts.

According to a press release on the Daniels deal from the Grizzlies website, per Synergy Sports, "Daniels led the NBA with an effective field goal percentage of 78 percent on spot-up jumpers." And according to Peter Edmiston of Sports 56 WHBQ and the Commercial Appeal, Daniels was one of the most clutch players in the league last season.

Daniels' form is magnificently consistent. He keeps the ball high à la Klay Thompson, and when he releases the rock it's like watching a rubber band pop. His arms must be bionic because every shot looks exactly the same, looks almost mechanical.

And he's aware of where the line is at all times. As mentioned earlier, 65 percent of all his field goal attempts come from outside, while another 19.3 percent occur in-between the three-point line and 16 feet from the hoop per Basketball Reference. You'd expect him to shoot a few buckets next to the rim, but he really doesn't. He doesn't do much of anything except shoot from distance.

Which is PERFECT for the Grizzlies. Run him all over the floor, off and around screens to get him open, and he'll fire away. Post him in the corner to space the floor and he's even MORE efficient. He shoots 61.3 PERCENT (!!!) from the corners. Imagine a Zach Randolph post-up in which he's double-teamed. Kick it straight to the corner and you'll get three points six times out of ten. That is something Grizzlies fans have not had the luxury of ever witnessing.

Don't expect much more from Daniels because that's not what he was brought in for. Simply enjoy the fact that Memphis finally - FINALLY - got a pure shooter. Whether it matters or not, or whether or not his skill set is used to its fullest potential, is up to new Head Coach David Fizdale.

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